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AIBC launches AIBC India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive to combat India’s second wave

12th May 2021

Australia India Business Council Ltd (AIBC), the peak functioning body for promoting and enhancing the bilateral trade relations between the two countries, has launched the AIBC India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive to help India fight the second wave of the pandemic. The drive will collect money as well as materials/ relief.

India is going through an unprecedented health crisis with the second wave of the COVID 19 virus affecting millions. As the Indian Government and international agencies are dealing with this crisis to provide immediate relief, many countries including Australia have commenced supporting such relief measures.

AIBC is inviting financial donations to https://aibc.org.au/aibc-relief

Mr Jim Varghese AM, National Chair – AIBC, said “The second wave of the pandemic has put a strain on the citizens of India. The bilateral business relationship between the two countries is strong, and I am sure the Australia India Business Council India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive will further strengthen that tie. Australia and India share a strong relationship, which grew stronger in recent times. AIBC believes in facilitating a stronger relationship and this fund will aim to do just that.”

Mrs Sheba Nandkeolyar, AIBC India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive Coordinator and AIBC Immediate Past National Chair said: “AIBC is calling on the bilateral business community to extend aid and relief measures to India, to help combat the virus. Through the AIBC India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive, we hope to influence more Australian companies, businesses, and individuals to donate and contribute to the cause. I have no doubt that India will succeed in meeting the demand rates with enough support measures and international aids.”

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About Australia India Business Council

AIBC was founded in 1986 and is the only national body representing bi-lateral trade and investment relations between Australia and India. The AIBC is a national membership organization with active chapters in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra and maintains close relationships with federal and state government agencies, the diplomatic corps and industry bodies, and showcases opportunities to the Australian business community through an active program of events throughout Australia.

For further information about AIBC, please visit www.aibc.org.au/

For further information on the Australia India Business Council India COVID Relief Fundraising Drive please visit https://aibc.org.au/aibc-relief

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For further information, please visit www.aibc.org.au